Migration Patterns of Northeast Coast’s Whales | Capt. John Whale Watch – Plymouth, MA

Birds aren’t the only ones that migrate south during the winter—whales do it too. The warm, tropical water of the Caribbean is great for calving, while the cold waters of the north play host to all sorts of delicious creatures.

Minke Whale Swimming in Ocean

This article will briefly examine the migration pattern of some of the Northeast Coast’s most commonly seen whales.

  • Northern Humpback Whale

Perhaps the most iconic of whale species, humpback whales can reach 39-53 feet in length. In the winter, they spend their time in the warm waters of the Caribbean, where they give birth to their young. Come spring, they take the long journey north toward Cape Cod and Maine—averaging about 1 mph—where they feed until around October, when they head back south and begin the process all over again.

  • Fin Whale

As one of the largest species of whales, fin whales can grow to nearly 88 feet! Yet what’s most notable about fin whales is their speed—they are known to travel at speeds of up to 23 mph. There are some fin whales that migrate south for the winter, but others appear to stay north. In general, the calving and migration patterns of fin whales are poorly understood.

  • Minke Whale

At just 23 feet in length, the Minke whale is one of the smallest relatives of the humpback and fin whales. Minke whales are present in all of the Earth’s oceans, yet they appear to prefer colder waters, as they are rarely observed in the tropics.

Luckily for New Englanders, each of these whales loves to dine right along the Northeast coast—particularly near Cape Cod. If you’d like to catch a glimpse of one or more of these beautiful creatures, then contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours . We’d also love to take you out for some of the world’s best flounder and cod fishing, so give us a call at (508) 746-2646.

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